Monthly Archives: April 2019

Assessing and Resolving Rare Well Water Odors

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to be a full-service water well company. We’re not just here to install your well and wave goodbye – we’re also on hand for well pump service and repair, well rehabilitation services and any other areas you need assistance with when it comes to your water well.

Like with any other source of water, strange smells coming from well water are always concerning to you as a home or business owner. Luckily, however, these are both rare when you use a well system and often simple issues you can correct for little to no cost or hassle. Here are some of the odors that might be possible, plus what to do if you happen to encounter them in your system.

assessing well water odors

Musty Odors

If you smell a general must, often coming from the hot water tap when you turn it on, this is usually a sign that there’s too great a level of iron content in your water. This isn’t a health risk at all, though iron-heavy water may not taste as good to some people. If this is the case for you, and you want to remove this odor and/or taste, you can simply install an iron filter and/or use chlorine to get the current high iron levels down.

Smell of Sewage

In some cases, such as if you smell odors of sewage or plumbing runoff, the issue might be a buildup of bacteria in a drain area, or within unused home appliances. Gas will build up in the drain for a variety of reasons, but then will be forced out when the water is turned on.

To check if this is the problem, fill a glass of water from your tap. If it doesn’t smell, but your drains do, you need to clean the drain system itself.

Chlorine Smell

This is one of the rarest smells, almost never appearing in well systems. It is not necessarily an indicator of bad water supply, and may take place if you’re near a public pool’s water supply that’s been faultily built. If this happens to take place for you, we’ll help you with a specialized filter to remove these odors and any chlorine damage.

Rotten Eggs Aroma

The rotten egg smell is putrid, but it’s also sure-thing sign of just one possible intrusion: Sulfur. Sulfur bacteria may enter well water in a few different ways, often due to a lack of oxygen or chemical reactions in groundwater near the well.

If sulfur is an issue for your well water, there’s a simple solution. Just install an aeration system that dissolves sulfur bacteria, or a chlorine injection that will clear the sulfur content from your supply.

Fishy Smell

This smell is due to organic materials that have made their way into water, increasing certain elements. Like iron, these elements are not harmful to you, but can be removed using carbon filters or reverse osmosis systems if you’re tired of the smell.

For more on dealing with rare odors that may come from well water, or to learn about any of our well water installation or maintenance services, speak to the pros at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Tips on Cleaning and Decontaminating Water Wells

One of our simplest needs as humans is clean drinking water, a need that extends to every person on the planet. More and more homeowners have begun installing water wells that allow them direct access to such clean water.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to provide high-quality water well installations, plus well pump service and repair as needed to keep you and your family provided with clean, clear drinking water. Another important component to maintaining this clean water supply: Cleaning and maintaining the well itself. Here are a few tips in this area, including a couple different kinds of wells and some basic considerations to keep in mind.

cleaning decontaminating water wells

Surface Wells and Decontamination

There are a few different well types out there, and one such type includes those that use shallow water or even groundwater as their main source for your drinking water. These are shallow wells that are often dug manually, known as surface wells.

Due to their proximity to the earth, surface wells need to be decontaminated regularly to ensure they can provide you with clean drinking water. Otherwise, they risk the presence of bacteria, germs and other contaminants that could risk the health of building occupants.

Standard Well Cleaning

Unless it’s something you’ve done before or have been shown directions for, we often recommend having well cleaning done by professionals. These pros will be able to open individual hose bibs within your well system, checking for the smell of bleach or chlorine and that it’s in the proper places. They can also use professional tools to spray the interior casing of your well, helping remove any additional bacteria or contaminants that may have been present.

If you have received training in this or are confident with your own system, the use of chlorine or bleach is the primary tool at your disposal. Similar to a home pool, cleaning the well means killing bacteria – including bacteria that may be hidden in certain areas of the system. You can’t simply pour some bleach down a pipe and get safe drinking water right away, and this is part of why utilizing professionals who know how to fully clear the system can be highly useful.

Flushing System

No matter which kind of system you’re cleaning, the final and vital step is flushing it clear. This is where you flush the bleach and bacteria out of the well completely, including using a hose to draw the chlorinated water out of the well and ensuring no contaminants remain in any major areas that could affect your drinking supply.

For more on cleaning your well water system, or to learn about any of our well services or installations, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.